State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Today 's Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) tip: Put safety first when shopping in the toy section this holiday season
DATCP offers the following guidelines for toy shopping;
- Avoid infant toys with long strings or ropes. They can pose strangulation hazards to small children. No string should be longer than six inches in length.
- Look for quality design and construction. Poorly constructed toys or those made from cheap materials may break easily and result in dangerous edges or broken pieces.
- Select toys with proper safety features and warnings labels.
- No toy is complete without proper safety gear. Always give appropriate safety gear – helmets, elbow and knee pads, and other protective gear – with sports-related and wheeled toys.
- Avoid no-name products. A manufacturer name and address is not a guarantee of safety, but it means you can track down a legitimate company to remedy problems.
- Be cautious of extraordinary bargains. Products that are far less expensive than comparable elsewhere might be defective or counterfeit.
- Electric toys are for children age 8 and above. Parents and caregivers should always supervise children using electric toys.
- Even playthings like balloons can cause injuries or death. They are a choking hazard for children under age 3.